89 Main St., Suite 4, Montpelier, VT 05602
State of Vermont
WHEREAS, Vermont is abundantly blessed with wetlands, streams, rivers, and lakes, including Lake Champlain, a world-renowned, international freshwater resource of great beauty and ecological significance; and
WHEREAS, Vermont’s clean surface waters provide residents and visitors alike with healthful drinking water and recreation in the form of swimming, boating, fishing, and sight-seeing; and
WHEREAS, clean water is critical for the health of wildlife and the ecological systems of the Green Mountain State; and
WHEREAS, the stormwater, wastewater, and drinking water systems and facilities in communities throughout Vermont are the first, most critical barriers against water pollution and the most essential protectors of the public health; and
WHEREAS, the staff who operate stormwater, wastewater, and drinking water systems, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year are public servants dedicated to protecting public health and the natural environment, and thus deserve the acknowledgement and appreciation of all Vermont citizens; and
WHEREAS, stormwater, wastewater, and drinking water treatment facilities throughout the state will host open houses and offer tours on May 30, 2019, so that Vermonters can learn about this vital, but hidden, infrastructure:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Philip B. Scott, Governor, do hereby proclaim Thursday, May 30, 2019, as
WATER QUALITY DAY
Water Quality Day 2019 Facility Tours!
Vermonters and visitors of every age are invited to visit one of the 18 facilities hosting tours and open houses throughout the state. It’s an excellent opportunity to see first-hand our amazing water quality infrastructure, and to meet the professionals who keep our water safe 24/7/365. Tours are free, fun, and full of high tech, science, and humor.
• Barre Water Filtration Facility, 164 Reservoir Road, Orange, Vt. Open house, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Contact: Steve Micheli, assistant director, Dept. of Public Works, (802) 476-0261, email@example.com
• Bennington Water Filtration Facility, 1378 Vt. Rt. 9. Open house 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact: Larry Gates, assistant director, Department of Public Works, 447-9707, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Brandon Wastewater Treatment Plant, 500 Union Street. Tours at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., & 6 p.m. Contact: Stephen Cijka, chief operator, email@example.com
• Brattleboro Wastewater Treatment Plant, 340 Riverside Drive. Open house 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact: Harvey Dix, chief operator, (802) 257-2318, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Burlington Wastewater Treatment Plant, 53 Lavalley Lane. Tours at 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Contact: Matt Dow, WW facilities manager, (802) 862-6565, email@example.com
• Johnson Wastewater Treatment Plant, 110 Sewer Plant Rd. Tours at 8 a.m., 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Contact: Daniel Copp, chief operator, (802) 888-3138, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Manchester Wastewater Treatment Plant, 136 Battenkill Lane. Open house 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., tours at 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Contact: Eric Severance, Water & Sewer superintendent, (802) 688-4662, email@example.com
• Middlebury Wastewater Treatment Plant, 243 Industrial Ave. Open house 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Contact: Bob Wells, chief operator, (802) 388-6514, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Montpelier Water Filtration Facility, 1480 Paine Turnpike, N. Berlin. Tours at 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m., & 1:15 p.m. Contact: Geoff Wilson, chief operator, (802) 229-1404, email@example.com
• Newport Water Filtration Facility, 1165 Coventry St., AND Wastewater Treatment Plant, 94 Treatment Plant Lane. Open houses, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact: Pedro Grondin, chief operator, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Randolph Wastewater Treatment Plant, 18 Hedding Drive. Tours at 10 & 11:15 a.m., & 1 p.m. Contact: Chris Chambers, WW superintendent, (802) 728-9079, email@example.com
• Rockingham–Bellows Falls Wastewater Plant, 80 Mill Street. Open house, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact: Rob Wheeler, chief operator, (802) 463-3044, firstname.lastname@example.org
• South Burlington Wastewater Plant, 1015 Airport Parkway. Tours at 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. Contact: Bob Fischer, water quality superintendent, (802) 658-7964, email@example.com
• South Burlington Stormwater Treatment Facility, Farrell Park, Swift St., South Burlington. Tours at 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Contact: Tom DiPietro, assistant director, Department of Public Works, (802) 658-7961 x 6108, firstname.lastname@example.org
• South Burlington Water Filtration Facility (Champlain Water District), 403 Queen City Park Rd. Tours at 8:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. Contact: Mike Barsotti, director, Water Quality & Production, (802) 864-7454, email@example.com
• Stratton Wastewater Treatment Plant (Winhall-Stratton Fire District #1), 9 Orcutt Meadow Road, Stratton Mtn. Tours at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., & 1 p.m. Contact: Margaret Dwyer, senior manager, (802) 297-9592, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Vergennes Wastewater Treatment Plant, 8 Mechanic Street. Call for tour information. Contact: Rick Chaput, WW supervisor, (802) 877-2931, email@example.com
• Wilmington Wastewater Treatment Plant, 59 Fairview Aveneue. Tours at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., & 2 p.m. Contact: John Lazelle, chief operator, (802) 464-3862, firstname.lastname@example.org
It's official! Governor Peter Shumlin proclaimed the first Water Quality Day as an annual day of acknowledgment in 2014; Governor Phil Scott continued the tradition.
Want to visit a water, wastewater, or stormwater plant? Contact any of the facilities listed here, or write to Daniel Hecht, GMWEA's executive director, to help locate your nearest facility: email@example.com.
When you turn on the tap, where does it come from? Where does it go when you flush? Good questions! Find out on Thursday, May 30, 2019 -- our biggest Water Quality Day ever! See below for facility locations and tour schedules.
Water Quality Day
GMWEA initiated Water Quality Day in 2014 to remind Vermonters of the crucial role that drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater management plays in their way of life -- and to honor the boots-on-the-ground professionals who make the miracle happen 24/7/365.
In May, 2019, look for this sign -- it signals a facility that's hosting a free open house or tours on Water Quality Day: